God received another matriarch angel in heaven the night of Sunday, July 8, 2018. Maxine had been in Memory Manor, the Pomeroy long-term care unit at the Garfield County Memorial Hospital, for almost three years, receiving the most loving care that her family could have imagined, and she loved each and every one who took care of her there.
Maxine Cox was born Nov. 11, 1917, at the Stallcop homestead at Kirby-Mayview, to Harley Bruce and Elizabeth (Gustin) Stallcop, the sixth of 10 children. She grew up on the Stallcop homestead, attended Pomeroy schools and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1935. Maxine graduated from Washington State College in 1940. After graduation from college, she taught physical education at the junior and senior high school in Cashmere, Wash., from 1940 to 1944.
Maxine was married to James Ellis Cox on June 23, 1944, in Walla Walla. She joined her husband at the farm at Dodge Junction, west of Pomeroy. She and Ellis had six children - Ray, Becky, Bill, Tom, Bob and Julie.
She resumed teaching in 1966 and taught junior high English, one year in fifth grade, and nine weeks of seventh grade math. Her fifth grade experience was a learning period for her as well as her students. She retired in 1982 with a total of 20 years teaching. Upon retirement, she traveled to 37 different states and went on an Alaskan cruise. She also traveled in Switzerland, France, Germany, and she went on a Mexican cruise. Two highlights from her traveling years were her trip to Japan as a chaperone for students in the Yokohama dorm in 1974, and a trip to Israel in 1993. Her travels gave her many great memories.
After retiring in 1982, Maxine was a substitute teacher, tutored many students, volunteered at the senior center and food bank, conducted Bible study at Memory Manor, and volunteered with Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor (SHIBA). She also judged the Future Farmers of America leadership contests many times and assisted older residents with the installation of the Lifeline systems in their homes. In addition, she was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church and she taught Sunday school for many years.
Maxine was Citizen of the Year in 2006. Also, the Stallcop family was Garfield County Pioneer Family of the Year in 2000. Over the years, she was a member of the St. Peter's Women's Guild, St. Peter's Bishop's Committee, Daughters of the Pioneers, the Pioneer Association, Phyla Nova, Daughters of the Nile and Eastern Star. As a child, she survived pneumonia, scarlet fever, shingles and whooping cough. As an adult, she survived pancreatitis and a brain bleed. Her husband, Ellis, died in 1993.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Elizabeth Stallcop; her siblings, Fern Stallcop Freeburn, Wynne Stallcop, George Stallcop, Raymond Stallcop, Pete Stallcop, Betty Stallcop Ruark, Jack Stallcop, Don Stallcop and Doris Stallcop Wright. She is survived by her six children, Ray (Idy), Becky (Kate), Bill (Terrilie), Tom (Rebecca), Bob (Resa) and Julie (Jim); 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. July 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy. A family graveside service will be held at noon at the Pomeroy City Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Pomeroy Senior Center, 695 Main St., or to St. Peters Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 490, Pomeroy, WA 99347. Rest in peace, Mom.